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Devon's Best Beaches

With not one, but two beautiful coasts Devon is home to some of the finest beaches to be found anywhere in the UK. Whilst it isn't difficult to find a great beach with nearly 100 to choose from, deciding on which are the best in Devon is a slightly harder proposition.

To help us decide on the best beaches we have enlisted the help of our users. This list is based on the star-ratings you have given each of the top ten loveliest beaches. So, if you don't agree with the list get voting on your favourite beaches in Devon!

  • Combe Martin Beach

    Combe Martin beach

    A nice little rocky bay with a steeply shelving sand and shingle beach that only shows it's real character at lower tides - the tide goes out a long way here owing to it's position in the Bristol C

  • Fishcombe Cove

    Fishcombe Cove

    Access to this small sand and shingle beach is difficult for the disabled but moderate for others. Parking is limited and dogs are allowed on the beach.

  • Croyde Beach

    Croyde bay beach

    Croyde is perhaps Devon's best known surfing beach and for good reason.

  • Coryton Cove

    Coryton's Cove - Dawlish

    This sheltered secluded beach of soft sand and shingle provides safe bathing, although it is not patrolled by lifeguards.

  • Dawlish Beach

    Dawlish beach

    The sandy beach is quiet and relaxing, facing the early morning sun and possibly the best beach in the area. There is easy access for the disabled and dogs are allowed in restricted areas.

  • Instow Beach

    Instow beach

    Located on the edge of the Torridge estuary, Instow beach is blessed with fine, soft sand unlike some of its neigbours which were left with mud!

  • Oddicombe Beach

    Oddicombe beach

    Backed by high, red cliffs, the sand and shingle beach at Oddicombe is well sheltered from most breezes.

  • Dawlish Warren Beach

    Dawlish Warren beach

    This beach is smooth and sandy with dunes further inland. It is located on the west side of the Exe Estuary. The sea water is clear and the current is normally gentle.

  • Plymouth Hoe

    Plymouth Hoe Sea Front

    The sea front (or Hoe) in Plymouth harks back to the city's heyday when this was the where it all happened.

  • Woolacombe Beach

    Woolacombe beach

    Woolacombe beach, with it's 2 miles of sand is possibly North Devon's premiere beach